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Time to say goodbye to beautiful White Sands National Monument / Photo Sessions by Karina Schuh Photography

I will never forget White Sands National Monument. It ist he most magical and peaceful place that I know. So much beauty. Many people that live around Alamogordo, NM want me to shoot their sessions at White Sands. As there is a lot of military here in the area, people are moving a lot, stay for a few years and will be deployed somewhere else. To remember this stunning place, many families booked their sessions out at White Sands with me. I even booked seniors, engagement couples and families from other States of the U. S. who were drawn by the beauty of White Sands.

Some weeks, I booked four sessions out there and I got never tired of it. Of course, taking photos out there is not as easy as it seems because the sun is very bright and the white sand reflects it even more. To get the right skin color, I try to be careful with the direction of the sun that skin tones look nice and even. There is no shadow to work with and when you have people with no hair in front of you, it makes it even harder. An overcast day would be perfect out there to achieve the perfect colors.

But everybody has so much fun out there, in the biggest sand box of the world. And everybody is happy and enjoyes the magic. Jumping, running around, digging, sliding, all these things are possible for all kinds of ages.

My time here in Alamogordo is over. Since my husband has been deployed here at Holloman Airforce Base since 2009, we have had the possibility to get to know Alamogordo and surroundings as well as the U.S while traveling. Now, we are moving back to Germany and a new chapter in our lives will begin. We will never forget the time here in Alamogordo with its kind people and the sunshine. 

The following photos show a German family that moved to Alamogordo, just last year. They come from the Baltic Sea and love the beaches so much that White Sands created the perfect environment for them. Look, these pictures tell their story.

Miss Rachel’s Dance Academy | Holloman Airforce Base | New Mexico | Children’s Dance Classes are very popular | by Alamogordo Photographer Karina Schuh Photography

Miss Rachel

I met Rachel at the Gym last year in the spring when she started teaching classes for bootcamp and body blast. I love her way she is talking as she is from England and talks in British English. Her workouts are very tuff but I like it a lot.

We also got together for some dinners and a friends farewell party. While talking about everything, she mentioned that she was teaching children’s dance classes. That is what is Misss Rachel’s Dance Academy is all about. Rachel teaches children from under three through the age of about 12 in dance/ballet. Rachel asked me one day to take pictures of the little dancers for their dress rehearsal mid of December. I noticed that she got very busy with ordering all these beautiful costumes and fitting them for each individual child. Last year, she taught 10 dance classes, this year, in 2017, there are even 4 more classes she is teaching. The kids love her and her classes . She is doing a wonderful job.

Mid of December, I packed all my equipment and set up a studio inside the movie theatre on HAFB, where the dress rehearsal took place. Class after class came in and got their pictures taken. In between, I got the chance to sneak and see the little dancers up on stage. Rachel, in front of the stage, jumped and danced with the little ones that they know what they are doing. It was wonderful. The time passed so quick during picture taking. These kids were very special in their costumes, the girls even got their hair and make-up done to look pretty for the photos. It took me 2 afternoons to take all the photographs of 64 children and their team pictures.

During Christmas time, it is really hard to find any assistant to help me with those pictures. When I wrote this Facebook post that I am looking for someone that can assist me during the time I am taking the dance pictures to collect the order forms and money, only one person answered. Wow. She is a mom of two girls dancing in Rachel’s classes. I met Katharina when I had set up my photo booth. She arrived with her two children and during the big daughter did all her dances, the little one was so brave and stayed with us. Katharina helped me and did a wonderful job. Thank you so much Katharina, without your help I would never have done that job like we did it together. Katharina even came the second day and asked me to help. It was so amazing that she helped me without knowing me before.

Thank you Rachel for this wonderful opportunity. I had so much fun and the pictures turned out great.

This is a little selection of some of the photos we have taken:

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A variety of Christmas-Sessions 2016 | Families | Children | Maternity | different locations in the area Alamogordo, New Mexico by Karina Schuh Photography

For a photographer, the Christmas-Season starts early, right after the summer. I am always happy when people think of creating their Christmas Pictures during a session or book early enough to get their Christmas cards ordered. And, can you imagine, my Christmas family session was done at the beginning of July by my very good friend and great photographer, Tina from Tina Beltran Photography. Me as a photographer never think of getting my pictures taken until I am so busy with all the other sessions before Christmas, and then it is too late. Our Christmas cards were printed already in August. 

Check some of the cards out that I created for my customers this year! 

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This year’s Christmas photos were taken on different locations in the area of Alamogordo, NM. I had a few sessions up in Cloudcroft, NM where also our session took place. I love the mountains in this area. The forest near Cloudcroft provides the perfect location for a beautiful family session. The kids can climb on the fallen trees and stomps, run around in a nice cool air. It is just a relief and very relaxing up there. Another location that I love a lot is the backyard of very nice people. It feels like an oasis there. They allow me to use their property to create beautiful memories. There are also many nice trees, lots of grass, swings, just gorgeous. White Sands National Monument is the most common location for a family shooting especially the white sand almost looks like snow. People bring their sleds and Christmas decoration out there and are having a nice time between the beautiful dunes. Kids can run around and have a great time. It is just spectacular out there. A nice studio session is also a great choice for a session. With different backdrops you can create the atmosphere the customers want. Especially when the weather is not nice or there is a family with babies, this is the perfect location for the photo shoot. 

All these locations and more can be used for any kind of photo-session, maternity, children, families, senior, engagement … 

Unfortunately, I am fully booked before Christmas. But if you are looking for a photo-session in January and February, please feel free to contact me and you will receive 10 % off for your session. Just tell me that you have read my blogpost! Check out one of my family photo shoots over on Shutterfly’s Christmas photo ideas!

And here are some examples of my Christmas-Photo-Sessions from 2016:

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How to prepare for a photo session / Portrait Photography in Alamogordo, New Mexico by Karina Schuh Photography

Watch my little video that I have created for you on how to prepare for a photo session.

Starting by a simple phone call, I explain all details how I am working, how to prepare for the session, and to get to know each other a little bit before our first meeting. It is also very important for me to find out your personality and what you expect from this session. Are you more the type of customer who prefers to print the photos by yourself or you prefer my professional service to get your photos just created and designed by Karina Schuh. I as a professional photographer have the knowledge to create beautiful artwork with your images when I know my customers better, even knowing their house or just the wall for what we create this piece of art helps me to design a masterpiece.

Starting with colors and sizes that will fit the room, over framing and printing methods. There are so many choices on the market that it is overwhelming for each individual client when they don’t know what options there are.

We as professional photographers have the chance to test and compare professional print labs. We go to conventions and try out new products. Therefore, we have the knowledge and know exactly what works for you.

After our telephone conversation, I can meet you at my office or your home to discuss the different options, or also in Skype. You can even send me the wall including your furniture where you want me to design the artwork.

We will discuss the location, depending on the location, we choose the colors that will work with your family and/or your room. Your wardrobe should be as comfortable for you and also your children as possible. It is also possible to change your wardrobe during the photo shooting.

I always advise to get your hair done if it needs to a few days before the shooting just that you get used to your new hair cut. If you have little children, please bring their favorite toys. We can always include toys or props into your session.

During your Photo Session, together we will have lots of fun, you will be relaxed and feel comfortable. I am a photographer that gives very precise directions what works in the picture and what does not work. I also accept wishes if you bring example photos. I don’t copy these images, we just get inspired by them. And most of the time, we are creating a totally different photo. They never look the same and often these are not your preferred photos from the session.

After your photo shooting, we are setting up a time for another meeting where I will show you a beautiful slideshow with the best images of your session. These images will already be edited after my artistic knowledge. You will love them as you have chosen me as your photographer because you like my style of images that I create.

During your reveal session, we will have a great time together with snacks, coffee or champagne and together, we will select the images to create your photo wall for your home. You can choose what you want, not what I want you to buy. All prints include the matching digital high resolution file.

As soon as your photos, books, or other products will be delivered, I will bring them and show them personally to you and your loved ones.

If you choose the digital version of my service, after the photo session, you will receive the amount of digital files ordered. There is only basic editing involved into this service.

Thank you for reading.

One Family – three locations for family-photography | Alamogordo, New Mexico offers different possibilities | by Family-Photographer Karina Schuh Photography

What is your favorite location in the Area of Alamogordo, New Mexico for family photography. With little children especially, I always try to go shoot at locations in the area where the kids will have fun running around and discover the area.
With this special family, I just had my third photo session with me. It is very special to me that I am able to create their memories and see how the kids are growing up. Thank you so much.The locations that we have chosen for these family-sessions are fun for little children. There are endless possibilities to keep them active and curious. Whether playing in the sand or sliding down the dunes at White Sands National Monument, or climbing trees, running around in the grass, playing with the chickens, or having fun in the water, here in Alamogordo, you find these different locations. Alamogordo, don’t only offer desert, there are mountains, little streams, beautiful yards, and playgrounds, where each session can be different. And the good thing here is, most of the time it is sunny.

I had my first session with Bea and her family in May 2015. In April this year, we decided to do a family session at White Sands. We had to reschedule their session and still got so much wind. White Sands not always works for photo sessions. It was very windy, we tried to enjoy this beautiful place but it was really hard to stay focused and create their photographs. The sun was shining harsh from the blue sky, Peter had many problems to keep his eyes open because of the brightness with the sun and the white sand. After this experience, Bea did not give up for her family photos. So, we decided to wait a little while until the windy season is over. On a beautiful day beginning of June, we decided to go up the mountains where we could find beautiful greenery and a little stream. It was such a big difference to see the family relaxed and having fun, not squeezing their eyes.

Every location is different, the dessert New Mexico’s has also beautiful scenery to offer.

Book your session with Karina Schuh Photography and together, you and me, we are creating your memories of this area!

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When the weather is bad … rain, wind, heat| Family Photography in Alamogordo/High Rolls, NM | by Karina Schuh

Finally, it is the end of the spring season. During the last few months, I had to reschedule many family sessions due to the bad weather. Especially, the wind gave my clients a hard time but one time we also got rain.

Last Tuesday, the weather was perfect during the whole day. Mica booked her family session for 6 pm in High Rolls. When I drove up the mountains, the sky became darker and darker with a huge cloud. When I arrived there, the son was already gone … Too bad, it was too late to reschedule their session. But we got the best out of the bad weather.

I saw their beautiful green yard with many cherrie trees that were full with red cherries. I wanted to taste them. That looked beautiful. I set up my equipment, I knew I had to handle quickly before the rain starts, so I did. I started to take the first photos in front of the trees and tried to find a different place to pose the whole family of 9. We run towards the fountain that is in their backyard to get everybody sitting. Walking there, I even got to pick a sweet cherrie. I would have loved to pick some more, so delicious. I also saw their beautiful backyard that every photographer would wish for as a location for a family photo shooting.[singlepic id=268 w= h= float=none]

After taking a few photos at the fountain, it started to rain, to poor … I did not want to stop taking their images as we just had started. I quickly asked for a patio, and yes, there was a patio where we all run over to. The rain got stronger and stronger. It poured down that I also could not allow my photo equipment become wet. We had to stay underneath the patio and finish up the session there. But we all had a lot of fun and the photos turned out really nice.[singlepic id=266 w= h= float=none]

If you book your session and you see upfront the weather would be bad, as a photographer, I don’t have a problem to reschedule your session. I am open to everything. It is probably often best to reschedule than not to say anything, especially when it is windy, women often have long hair that would fly around and in their faces, for babies it would not be good at all to have them in the wind. Even when you think the weather is too hot, especially when you book White Sands National Monument, it would be better to find a better time for the session. Please talk to me and I will do my best to find the perfect appointment for your family.

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Wish of A Lifetime – Documentary Photography of a Family visiting the Trinity Site, New Mexico and remembering husband, dad and uncle Sam Levy –

The organization ‚Wish of A Lifetime‘, contacted me a few weeks ago to ask me if I would be able to create a family’s memories visiting the Trinity Site in New Mexico. The Trinity Site is the place where the first atomic bomb was tested on July 16, 1945. Jo Byrnes (90 years old) last wish was to visit the site where her former husband and dad of her daughters, Sam Levy, was with 17 years the youngest volunteer assigned to the crew that attended the explosion of the first Atomic Bomb in New Mexico.  „He was one of the 500 soldiers who camped of the perimeter of the Trinity Site and were ordered to rise and stand attention when the bomb was being prepared for detonation. Their campsite was about 9 miles out from Ground Zero, the epicenter of the explosion of the bomb. Sam Levy and the entire crew were prepared to give the ultimate sacrifice as they carried out their orders. The atomic age was born, Eureka. All men on this maneuver did survive the explosion physically.“ (letter from Jo Byrnes to Wish of a Lifetime). Later, they found out that Sam Levy like many others from the crew suffered post traumatic stress disorder and many of these men died sooner than their life expectancy.
Sam Levy, Jr. gained his Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts at University of Denver. He was only 59 years old when he died in August 1984.
Now, almost 71 years after the Manhattan Project, Sam Levy’s wife, Jo and their daughters, Susan and Lori as well as their nice, came to the Trinity Site to understand their family background that was alway a part of their lives. Wish of A Lifetime made it possible. And I was privileged to create these memories for their family.
On April 02, 2016, many people visited the site. At 1 pm we met Jo, her daughters and her nice at ‚Ground Zero‘. When we arrived at the monument, Joe and Susan were standing in front of a photograph showing the group of volunteers including Joe’s husband. They could not believe that they found a picture that was showing him at his young age of 17 years. I and Greg Easthouse, who did the videography, stayed with the family and found out many, many more interesting things about the Manhattan Project and their family. Suddenly, we were part of the story. At the McDonald Ranch, we found another image showing the group of volunteers including Sam. Everybody was overwhelmed by this dramatic story.
Thank you ‚Wish of A Lifetime‘ for including me in this amazing project. And thank you to Jo and her family who welcomed us like family members. We will never forget this day.
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A day in a life – documentary family photography by Karina Schuh Photography in Alamogordo, NM

„A day in a life“ of a family is giving you the real smiles! Documentary photography is great for families with little kids that don’t have patience to pose in front of the camera.

When I took this families photographs, I started by doing a regular family sessions (photos not shown here) before I went with them to their home. At the regular session, these kids did great but were bored very quickly and just wanted to play and run around. That is a good thing. After about an hour shooting outdoors, we went to their home … And now, these children were totally different. They wanted to show all their toys to me and what they can do at home. They were not shy at all anymore and we had an amazing time. At home, children feel just safe and they know their environment, and they want you to be part of that.
I got the possibility to catch expressions that I would have never been able to at a family sessions. These images show their true personality.

For this session, I am part of your family life! These sessions are best for you and your family to preserve every day life! Perfect to prevent ‚fake smiles‘ of your children in posed family photos. You will see images that are not posed.

The FUN includes capturing your every day life in an environment where you feel best – at your HOME. We will create images of your daily life such as story time, play time, bath time, family activities with endless possibilities like playground, bike ride, trip to the local ice cream shop, grocery store, play in the sprinklers, wash the dog or the cat.

What if you could fast forward 20 years and have a visiual reminder of the beautiful details of what your life once was? Revisit those memories.

It will be a great time capturing the non-posed portraits of your children, hugs and kisses you get, time out, but mostly all the LOVE of your family!

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The different faces of a little girl – documentary photography of a little girl playing – Portrait Photography in New Mexico

During a family session with visitors from Germany, this little girl just needed to play and have fun all by herself.

As little kids are very impatient during a photo session, what is absolutely normal, I always do the posed family pictures right at the beginning and go over to a documentary photography style while the kids are playing and having fun. I am patient and try to motivate them.

Look by yourself at little Amy’s different gestures and faces ;-).  I absolutely loved creating these memories that they will never forget.

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